Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks)
The Canucks have recently started their longest road trip of the season, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Often times you hear coaches claim to prefer starting the season on the road, as it allows for some team bonding, and provides less distractions to help unify the team quicker. After an up and down start to the season the Canucks are still looking to establish their new team identity. Fans got a good taste Tuesday night in Philidelphia of what brand coach John Tortorella wants to employ. It was one of those greasy road wins that didn’t look pretty, but at the end of the day there is 2 points in the bank.
There was a couple slumps bumped as Chris Higgins and Ryan Kesler scored Vancouvers goals. It was Higgins 1st of the year, and Kes’ 2nd and 3rd. Kesler has looked a little off so far this year not yet making an impact like his usual self. As for Higgins he could have easily had 2 or 3 goals Tuesday night alone. His play has been great so far this season getting many scoring chances, and finally it was nice to see the twine bulge on an incredible set up from Henrik Sedin.
Vancouver only came back to win a hockey game while being down going into the 3rd period once all of last years shortened season. Already in the 2013-14 campaign the Canucks have two 3rd period comeback wins. Its a good sign of resiliency that is apart of this more tenacious style of play coach Torts has promoted. The Sedins were split up in the 3rd period again, just like their other comeback win in Calgary. 7 games in and Torts has already split up the Sedins as many times as you can remember in recent years. Both times it has worked this season.
Vancouver is set to play the struggling Sabres on Thursday night which offers a great opportunity to take the first 2 games of this 7 game trip. It should be a safe assumption that when the Canucks arrive home after this road trip, it will have served the team well. This time will allow players to eat, breathe and sleep hockey, while learning the new team systems and gelling as a cohesive unit, and the rust should be gone from some personal slow starts.